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3. Review the suicide risk management plan

3.1 Review the immediate suicide risk management plan

A review of the immediate suicide risk management plan is to be completed within two weeks of creating the suicide risk alert and the immediate suicide risk plan. 

A suicide risk alert and the immediate suicide risk management plan created during intake or during an investigation and assessment will be closed following:

  • agreement by the relevant persons to undertake the actions documented in the immediate suicide risk management plan
  • all relevant information and the rationale for the decision have been documented
  • a decision that no further departmental intervention is warranted.

If the child is subject to ongoing intervention or an investigation and assessment has subsequently resulted in ongoing intervention, a review will result in a decision to either:

  • keep the suicide risk alert open and develop a medium to long-term suicide risk management plan, or
  • close the suicide risk alert.

For further information about developing a medium to long-term suicide risk management plan, refer to 2.4 Develop a medium to long-term suicide risk management plan.

To close the suicide risk alert, complete an incident closure form in the suicide risk event in ICMS. The incident closure form must include:

  • the relevant person’s agreement to undertake the actions as documented in the suicide risk management plan
  • the rationale for closure
  • the team leader’s verbal approval for the decision in the ‘reason for closure’ field.

The date of the decision to close the suicide risk alert is recorded as the ‘end date’ in the incident closure form.

When the incident closure form is completed, the suicide risk event in ICMS is closed and the suicide risk alert is moved to ‘historical’, with the number of closed alerts reflected in brackets next to the alert. Only a current alert will display as a count outside the bracket. This enables anyone viewing the child’s profile to quickly ascertain the current status in relation to the child’s emotional or psychological well-being.

3.2 Review the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan

The purpose of reviewing a medium to long-term suicide risk management plan is to ensure that planned interventions with the child have been implemented and have been responsive to their needs. The review will result in a decision to either:

  • keep the suicide alert open and review and update the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan, or
  • close the suicide risk alert.

The medium to long-term suicide risk management plan must be reviewed, at a minimum, every three months, until the alert is no longer required and is closed in ICMS.

Conduct a review meeting

The review meeting is the forum where the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan is discussed and evaluated, to determine whether the alert is able to be closed. As part of the review meeting, discuss and decide whether sufficient progress has been made in relation to the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan actions to close the suicide risk alert.

The review meeting will, where possible, include and be informed by the views of the child, parents, carers, service providers, and other people identified as significant to the child. For an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child, the recognised entity will be given the opportunity to participate in the review of the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan.

Before deciding to close a suicide risk, ensure that:

  • the child no longer meets the criteria for generating a suicide risk alert
  • the review of the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan has considered:
    • whether adequate assessment has occurred in relation to child and their situation
    • the effectiveness of case work actions undertaken and outcomes associated with interventions
    • the views of the child, their parents, carers and other significant people.

The suicide risk alert cannot be closed if it is assessed that either:

  • the medium to long-term suicide risk management plan actions have not sufficiently resolved the child's risk of suicide, or
  • the child still meets any of the criteria for a suicide risk alert.

Develop a new medium to long-term suicide risk management plan

When the suicide risk alert remains open, develop a new medium to long-term suicide risk management plan and:

  • ensure that the activities, interventions or supports are relevant to the child and their circumstances
  • record the outcome of the review meeting in the 'Comments' section of the new medium to long-term suicide risk management plan
  • submit the new medium to long-term suicide risk management plan to the team leader for approval.

The new medium to long-term suicide risk management plan may include actions and interventions included in the previous plan if there is no change to the way in which the child's suicide risk behaviour or risk is going be responded to and managed.

Close the suicide risk alert

Closing a suicide risk alert for a child subject to ongoing intervention is a significant case decision, and the rationale for this decision must be:

  • informed by the outcome of the review meeting
  • documented in ICMS
  • endorsed by the team leader.

To close the suicide risk alert, complete the Incident Closure form associated with the suicide risk event in ICMS and:

  • record the rationale for closure and the team leader's verbal approval for the decision in the 'reason for closure' field
  • record the date of the decision to close the suicide risk alert as the 'end date' in the incident closure form in ICMS.

The function of closing a suicide risk event in ICMS, thereby moving the suicide risk alert to 'historical', enables anyone viewing the child's profile to quickly ascertain the current status in relation to the child's emotional or psychological well-being. The number of closed alerts is reflected in brackets next to the alert. Only a current alert will display as a count outside the bracket.